MICAH RICHARDS chose to become a professional footballer ahead of a shock other sport.
GettyMicah Richards chose football over rugby league as a youngster[/caption]
He and Alan Shearer were both asked if they were good at any other sports growing up.
“Rugby,” answered the ex-Manchester City star. “I was good at rugby.
“Yorkshire lad, Leeds Leeds Leeds, Leeds Rhinos, of course I was. I was quick.”
Clarifying which code he played, Richards added: “Rugby league, yeah. I used to love it.
“I had to pick out of going to rugby and going to football but I picked football and…”
However, before he could continue, host Gary Lineker quipped: “Bad decision,” prompting all three to burst out laughing.
After moving from Birmingham, Richards grew up in Leeds, the home of 11-time Super League champions Leeds Rhinos.
The Rest Is FootballGary Lineker joked that Richards made a ‘bad decision’[/caption]
He also spent time in Leeds’ academy as a striker before he was released.
Richards later switched to defence and played for Oldham ahead of joining City’s youth system aged 14.
His decision to pursue a career in football appears to have paid off, with the 35-year-old going on to win two Premier League titles with City.